Friday, December 27, 2019

Review of "Sudden Mischief: A Spenser Novel," by Robert B. Parker

Review of

Sudden Mischief: A Spenser Novel, by Robert B. Parker ISBN 039914370x

Five out of five stars

 There is a lot of deep psychological angst and turmoil in this Spenser novel. It opens with Susan Silverman asking Spenser to come to the aid of her ex-husband Brad Sterling. Sterling had contacted Susan with a plea for help and she turns to the person that she knows is able to fix it. Even though it is her initiative, Susan often refuses to even talk about the case or any background on Sterling that could aid Spenser in his investigation.

 It is sufficient to say that Sterling is in very deep and the façade he puts forward of being a wealthy man is easily pierced by Spenser. The danger level rises very rapidly to the point where it is necessary to call for Hawk’s aid. Even though she remains a professional therapist, Susan often stumbles in her dealings with Spenser and Sterling, leading to a strain in her relationship with Spenser. Putting her new love in danger over the transgressions of an old, burned out one is a bizarre situation. Susan knows and even mentions this, yet she expects Spenser to soldier on.

 The story is a good one with convoluted action, but there are many points where the reader finds themselves disliking Susan Silverman. She openly takes advantage of the unconditional love Spenser has for her.

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